If you think successful shows such as Ghost Whisperer are spared from the runaway economy and the pressure for TV to reduce costs, think again. The star and co-producer of the CBS sci-fi series Jennifer Love Hewitt revealed in an interview with E! Online that even Ghost Whisperer, which is doing fairly well in the ratings game, need to tighten its belt if it wants to remain afloat.
"We are a special effects show, so some of our special effects stuff has had to be cut in half. We haven't been able to do any actor raises for season five. We've had to cut budgets here and there. They have also been talking about shooting our show on HD to save money."
The show goes on, however, for Hewitt, 30, who adds that she is very much looking forward to next season's storyline, which means motherhood for her character Melinda.
"So far, the series has been about her talking to ghosts, but also keeping herself safe and fighting the Darkside. Now, she's not only looking out for herself, but looking out for a child as well."
Speaking at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Hewitt also talked about her so-far blossoming love life with co-star and comedian Jamie Kennedy. She clarified her statement about giving Kennedy the ultimatum to propose and said it was taken out of context.
"What I meant by it is, I was engaged and so now all of the sudden because I was engaged once in my life I can't do anything else but get engaged again... I can't just be happy and have a great boyfriend and travel around the world. Those things are not fantastic enough for people... Of course, there's something underneath there. I do think after a year and a half, if he isn't thinking.."
Catch the return of Ghost Whisperer on September 25 8pm on CBS.